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Overdose Awareness Series

>>>Overdose Awareness Series
Overdose Awareness Series 2022-08-02T14:07:23-08:00

Join the Washington Poison Center as we discuss overdose. Through presentations from our own staff and from external experts, we’ll explore unintentional and intentional factors that can lead to overdose, how to respond to different overdose situations, how to prevent and reduce harm from overdose, and how to access resources and treatment in the state of Washington. Our goal is to open dialogue, de-stigmatize, and ensure everyone is aware of the help available in our communities.

All sessions are free to attend. Sessions will take place on Zoom or on social media. Times listed are all in Pacific Time (PT).

View recordings and materials from the 2021 series here.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8

Responding to an Overdose: Perspectives from Emergency Medical Providers
LIVE at 10:30am on Facebook and YouTube
Join the Washington Poison Center and our panel of expert partners as we discuss how emergency medical providers respond to overdose situations.
Panelists

Sasha Kaiser, MD, Associate Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center
Marc Stern, MD, MPH, Consultant in Correctional Health Care
Rebecca Rice, MSW, LWAIC, Care Coordinator, Eastside Fire & Rescue
Ryan Olson, Firefigher / EMT, Eastside Fire & Rescue

Preventing Overdose: Risks, Relevant Science, and Prevention Opportunities on College Campuses
3:30pm – 4:30pm on Zoom
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In this presentation, we will look at the role of classical conditioning (and, therefore, the role of environment) in potential overdose situations, which highlights possible risks associated with spring break, 21st birthday celebrations, and even starting school. Opportunities for prevention and intervention will be discussed.
Speaker: Jason Kilmer, Ph.D

Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

Resources for Teens on Substance Use
Video clips will be posted on this page and be released throughout the day on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram
Teens are faced with ever-changing and unique stressors to cope with. In these video clips, our panel acknowledges these stressors and explores resources that are available for any teen who wants support. It is not our place to judge or stigmatize, but simply to do our best to meet folks where they are. We want people of all ages to feel comfortable and enabled to ask for help.
Panelists:

Ajooni Dhanoa
Worth a Shot

Brian Lusby
UW Medicine

Dr. Anisha Gill
UW Medicine

Shaun Whitcher
Teen Link Team Lead
Substance Use Prevention Clinician
Teen Link

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
12:00pm – 1:30pm on Zoom
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In this presentation about opioid use disorder (OUD), we aim to share decision making strategies on medication therapy, discuss the pathways for patients and advocates to access care, and dispel common myths surrounding OUD. We hope to engage the audience and leave listeners feeling more prepared and informed on how to help our patients with OUD by utilizing harm-reduction and behavior health interventions in combination with pharmacotherapy.
Speakers: Diep Ngo, PharmD and Alexi Duenas, PharmD

Diep Ngo, PharmD and Alexi Duenas
Pharmacy Residents
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
Diep and Alexi are both graduates of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and current residents at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group. Their primary interests include geriatrics and behavioral health, respectively. When not at Kelley-Ross, you can find Diep tending to her robust indoor plant collection and Alexi cooking new recipes in her kitchen.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15

Youth Mental Health First Aid
8:30am – 9:30am on Zoom
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This presentation will cover:
– Awareness of self harm
– Myths and facts related to self harm
– Risk factors and warning signs related to self harm
– Appropriate responses to supporting adolescents who may be struggling with self harm
– General resources
Speakers: Brittany Campbell and Keara Peltram, MPH

Brittany Campell
Director, Center for Student Support
NorthEast Washington ESD 101

Keara Peltram, MPH
Behavioral Health Coordinator
NorthEast Washington ESD 101

Ask Us Anything*
3:00pm – 4:30pm on Twitter
Send questions in advance to mking@wapc.org or ask us on Twitter by tagging @MrYukWA & using the hashtag #AskASPI
Bring your questions about the Washington Poison Center, how we operate, what trends we see, and any others to this “Ask Us Anything” session on Twitter.
*Please note we will not provide treatment advice during this session– call the Poison Helpline (1-800-222-1222) for fast, free, confidential treatment advice 24/7/365.
Speaker: Trent Eason, PharmD, CSPI

Trent Eason, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Intentional Exposures in Older Adults
9:30am – 11:00am on Zoom
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Most calls to the Washington Poison Center regarding older adults (ages 60+) are about mistakes with medications. In recent years, however, the poison center has noted increasing calls about intentional exposure reasons, including substance use and self-harm or suspected suicide. Join the Washington Poison Center’s Medical Director and one of the center’s Public Health Educators as they discuss call trends, the unique concerns for older adults with intentional exposures, common substances and their considerations, and harm reduction strategies for providers, older adults, and/or their loved ones. 
Speakers: Scott Phillips, MD and Meghan King, MPH

Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT
Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips is the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the American College of Medical Toxicology, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.

Meghan King, MPH
Public Health Education & Communications Specialist
Washington Poison Center
Meghan King, MPH is a Public Health Education and Communications Specialist at the Washington Poison Center, where she develops and provides community education on substance use, medication safety, basic poison prevention, and more. Prior to the Washington Poison Center, she worked for the King County Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meghan received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Stimulants 101
10:00am – 11:00am on Zoom
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Join us as we discuss:
– What stimulants are
– Why people use them
– The trends we see in Washington State
– What harm reduction and treatment services look like for stimulants
Speaker: Alison Newman, MPH

Alison Newman, MPH
Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
University of Washington
Since joining ADAI in 2017, Alison has provided training and education on overdose, opioids, and worked on the website stopoverdose.org and learnabouttreatment.org. She specializes in health education and healthcare access around drug use and health.

An Exploration of Withdrawal
11:30am – 12:30pm on Zoom
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What happens when a drug is stopped? Explore withdrawal syndromes, withdrawal timelines and severity, withdrawal treatment options, and the complex relationship between antidotes and withdrawal.
Speakers: Marlo Murray, PharmD, CSPI & Paul Cole, PharmD, CSPI

Marlo Murray, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Marlo Murray is a clinical pharmacist and Certified Specialist in Poison Information at the Washington Poison Center. She is also a Clinical Affiliate Faculty at her alma mater, the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. During her 11-year career at WAPC she has authored abstracts in toxicology that she has presented to local and national conferences, precepted PharmD students, and worked on the Washington Suicide Prevention Taskforce. She currently works in a supervisory role in the WAPC call center where she supports staff in skill development and education, and works on Quality Improvement initiatives.

Paul Cole, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Paul Cole is a clinical pharmacist and Certified Specialist in Poison Information and has been with the Washington Poison Center for 6 years. He brings knowledge and experience from a variety of community pharmacy practice areas, including pharmacy compounding and Long Term Care pharmacy services. Dr. Cole works with local health jurisdictions and is committed to emerging trends and patient care surrounding drugs of abuse.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

Adolescent Self-Poisoning: Discussions with Local Experts
Video clips will be posted on this page and be released throughout the day on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram
For over two decades, Poison Centers across the United States have tracked substantial increases in cases of adolescent self-poisoning. Although poison centers are experts in supporting the immediate medical needs with these cases, we are not mental health experts and must look to local experts for support. Tune into these videos as we discuss with some of our expert partners (who work with youth in a variety of contexts) the best ways to help reduce and prevent adolescent self-poisoning and support the youth in our lives.
Panelists:

Megan Reibel, M.Ed.
School Based Programs Manager, Forefront Suicide Prevention
University of Washington, School of Social Work

Alicia Hughes, MA, CPP
Supervisor – Substance Use Disorder Prevention
Washington State Health Care Authority

Liz Farmer
Manager of School Based Programs
Valley Cities Behavioral Health

Stacy Tarango, MD
Spokane Emergency Physicians
Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Drug Checking 101
12:30pm – 1:30pm on Zoom
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Drug checking is an essential harm reduction strategy to prevent overdose. Join us as we discuss what drug checking is, how different types of checking work, how to communicate about drug checking, and what resources are available.
Speaker: Amber Tejada

Amber Tejada
Director of Programs
Hepatitis Education Project
Amber Tejada works as the Director of Programs at the Hepatitis Education Project, an organization located in the International District in Seattle that provides resources, care, and advocacy for all people affected by viral hepatitis, including people who use drugs.

Meet our Toxicologists
2:30pm on Facebook and YouTube
Feeling inspired after all you’ve learned during this series? Or, just want to learn more about the people behind our poison center services? Come meet our toxicologists! We’ll sit down with our Medical Director, Associate Medical Director, and one of our call center pharmacists to learn about toxicology, why they pursued a career in this field, and their favorite aspects of their jobs.
Speakers: Scott Phillips, MD, Sasha Kaiser, MD, and Morgan Sturm, PharmD, CSPI

Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT
Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips is the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the American College of Medical Toxicology, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.

Sasha Kaiser, MD
Associate Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Sasha Kaiser is the Associate Medical Director at the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Kaiser completed her medical toxicology fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety, her Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Heath, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She grew up on Camano Island, Washington and is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Kaiser has been a pharmacy technician, intensive care unit nurse, and physician, which lend her a unique perspective in the multifaceted aspects of healthcare delivery.

Morgan Sturm, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Morgan Sturm, PharmD, CSPI, graduated from Creighton University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. Before being hired at the WAPC 3 years ago, she worked in both hospital and community pharmacy settings with a focus on Emergency and Critical Care pharmacy.

Thank you to our invaluable partners for making this series possible!